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26 October 2020

Bare but hanging on.

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “Tinned Pears” - 8 mins 08s

As legions of gammon-faced Twitter commentators explain that the poor should stretch their budgets and boil up their own faded dreams and sense of betrayal to feed their children, director Libby Burke Wilde takes a far more helpful approach with this poignant short film. 'Tinned Pears' gives voice to families across the country struggling to make ends meet, for who even the very back of the cupboards are bare.

With local businesses and charities attempting to fill the gap left by a craven government, this smartly-executed film offers a timely reminder that disadvantaged children are more than mere statistics. A gut-wrenching performance from the siblings at the story's heart gives the film extra emotional heft, while the mother doing everything she can and still coming up empty typifies the grinding cycle of poverty all too well.

The movement to end child food poverty has a long way to go, even without the added stresses of Covid-19 stretching budgets with already razor-thin margins. Compelling, creative work like this is key to keeping audiences both engaged and informed, and it's heartening to see directors like Burke Wilde leading the charge.

Managing Director: Andrew Porteous
Film Production: The Progress Film Company Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Libby Burke Wilde ♀
Producer: Siobhan Daly
Production M'ger: Heeva Hamed
1st AD: Clara Paris
Cinematographer: Molly Manning Walker ♀
1st AC / Focus Puller: Vlassis Skoulis
2nd AC: Cécile Mulombe Mbombo
Production Designer: Jade O’connor
Editor: Sarah Peczek
Post Production: Franky Chadwick
Colourist: Jax Harney ♀ Ⓟ @ Envy Advertising Ⓟ Ⓦ
Written By: Lucy MacCarthy

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